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Since 1978 have experienced and studied many market cycles in bonds, stocks, options, etc. Tend to question herd thinking, some might call me a contrarian. A big mistake made when young (1970’s) by avoiding bonds and investing in risky stocks. It was a great lesson in risk management. Seek... More
  • Encouraging Economic News July 5th  0 comments
    Jul 5, 2012 6:01 PM

    Encouraging Economic News July 5th

    Below is a summary of encouraging headlines seen on July 5, 2012.

    • ADP reported 176,000 jobs were added in the private sector during June 2012 and revised higher the figure for May 2012.
    • Small business, under 50 employees, did the bulk of the hiring.
    • ISM non-manufacturing prices paid index at lowest since July 2009.
    • US Jobless Claims fell to 374,000 from 388,000 consensus was 385,000
    • US Planned layoffs at 13-month low in June - Challenger
    • US Average 30-Year Mortgage Rate Falls to 3.86% in June 29 Week.

    Chart of the day: SPY

    Notice that the 20-day moving average bounced off the 200 day moving average and is poised to break the 50-day moving average to the upside.

    The nonfarm payroll employment report will be released Friday and after the ADP report there were some forecasters that increased the number of jobs expected. Time will tell if the economic picture is improving.

    Question of the Day.

    Did you see the Wall Street Journal article suggesting that healthcare inflation has been slowing?

    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

    Themes: economy
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